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December 2014 Archives

Filing for divorce? Here's what to expect: part I

As residents in Illinois prepare to ring in the New Year, many will reflect upon this and other years past. There's something about the start of a new calendar year and the promise of new beginnings that prompts an individual to examine his or her life and take stock of what, if any, changes are necessary. For some married couples, the start of this New Year will signal an end to their marriage as divorce papers are prepared and filed.

How can unwed fathers obtain custody and visitation rights?

In a July post, we discussed why it's so important for unwed fathers in Illinois to establish paternity. Most importantly, a father who is not married to his child's biological mother has no legal parental rights to his child. This means a mother retains sole legal and physical custody and can even put a child up for adoption without notifying or obtaining consent from the child’s biological father.

Survey sheds light on true state of many parents’ marriages

In order to maintain a healthy and happy marriage, spouses must be able to effectively communicate. This becomes especially important when a couple welcomes a child into their family and matters related to childrearing, discipline, finances and education must be considered and addressed.

Helping individuals resolve divorce matters

Many legal matters and the related procedural laws are fairly clear-cut and black and white. However, when it comes to legal matters related to family law cases, there are often many shades of gray. For many individuals throughout Central Illinois, family comes first and conflict within a family can be extremely stressful and upsetting.

Many states fail to make the grade when it comes to promoting joint child custody

In the wake of a divorce decisions related to child custody are often a major source of anxiety and concern for both parents. Divorced fathers often have special cause for concern as U.S. family courts still award sole child custody, primarily to mothers, in roughly 80 percent of custody cases. This statistic is especially alarming given the number of divorced U.S. fathers who likely want to take a more active role in childrearing duties.

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